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2017 AP preps football rankings: Week 5

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2017 AP preps football rankings: Week 5

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

Others receiving votes: Naperville North 8, Hinsdale Central 5, Oswego East 3, Naperville Neuqua Valley 2

Class 7A

Others receiving votes: Lincoln-Way Central 12, Willowbrook 12, Belleville West 10, Benet 6, Jacobs 5, Lincoln Park 2, Hononegah 1, Wheaton North 1, Stagg 1

Class 6A

Others receiving votes: Peoria Central 10, Providence 10, Riverside-Brookfield 9, Lemont 6, St. Laurence 4, Oak Lawn Richards 2, Danville 2

Class 5A

Others receiving votes: Rich Central 13, Rochelle 1

Class 4A

Others receiving votes: Herrin 11, Taylorville 6, Geneseo 5, Genoa-Kingston 3

Class 3A

Others receiving votes: Fairfield 5, Anna-Jonesboro 5, Vandalia 5, Wilmington 3, Watseka Coop 2

Class 2A

Others receiving votes: Chicago (Hope) Academy 31, Bismarck-Henning 11, Trenton Wesclin 11, Orion 9, Pana 5, Aurora Christian 1, Bureau Valley 1

Class 1A

Others receiving votes: Princeville 17, Red Hill 15, Aquin 7, Eastland-Pearl City 7, Moweaqua Central A&M 2, Fisher 1, Fithian Oakwood 1, Decatur Lutheran (LSA) 1

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 1 Whitney Young

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 1 Whitney Young

Whitney Young

2017-18 record: 28-8, 7-2 Public League Red-North/West

Postseason results: Lost to Belleville West in Class 4A state title game.

Players to watch: The junior backcourt of Fenwick transfer D.J. Steward and Tyler Beard is potentially the best in the state as both players are consensus top-75 national prospects. Senior Myles Baker is poised for a big season after some strong play last season. Other seniors like Justin Warren and Keenan Jones are great role players who have helped win plenty of games.

Why they're in the power rankings: After falling just short of back-to-back Class 4A championships last season, Whitney Young reloads to replace departed seniors like Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda. It's rare a high school team loses two Division I prospects and replenishes with a backcourt that could be better, but that's the case here with Whitney Young. The Dolphins have the upside to be the state's best team this season.

Did you know? Whitney Young has been a state final qualifier seven times -- including five times under current head coach Tyrone Slaughter. 

High School Lites Football Roundup: Semifinals

High School Lites Football Roundup: Semifinals

High School Lites has moved to Saturdays during the month of November as the IHSA Football State Playoffs continue. NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of some of the top matchups from the quarterfinals.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.   

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CLASS 8A

Brother Rice 14, Marist 3

Loyola Academy 24, Lincoln-Way East 16 

CLASS 7A

Nazareth Academy 47, Batavia 28  

St. Charles North 27, Mount Carmel 21, 2 OT

CLASS 6A

Cary-Grove 28, Notre Dame 21

Crete-Monee 38, Richards 35

CLASS 5A

Montini 42, Sterling 20

Joliet Catholic 42, Hillcrest 6

CLASS 4A

IC Catholic 28, Richmond-Burton 9

Bishop McNamara 52, Rochester 42

CLASS 3A

Byron 42, Herscher 0

Monticello 40, Carlinville 14

CLASS 2A

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 14, Eastland-Pearl City 7

Maroa-Forsyth 16, St. Teresa 14

CLASS 1A

Forreston 34, Lena-Winslow 28

Camp Point Central 35, Argenta-Oreana 22